AAI to enquire into Mamata flight delay

Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 19:18

Kolkata: The Airports Authority of India
(AAI) will conduct an enquiry into the delay of a Jet Airways
flight, carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
from Bagdogra to Kolkata, officials said on Wednesday.

"The state government had written to the AAI yesterday
for an enquiry into the delay. They wrote back today saying
they will conduct the probe and submit a report to the state,"
secretariat officials told reporters here.

Banerjee, who was returning after assessing the post-
earthquake situation in Darjeeling and adjacent Sikkim, was
annoyed over the journey time from Bagdogra to Kolkata, which
took 110 minutes instead of the scheduled 40 minutes.

According to airport officials, though her flight was to
touch down at Kolkata at 2.55 pm, it hovered in the air for
about 40 minutes.

The Air Traffic Control (ATC) had asked the Jet Airways
flight and some other flights to remain airborne as it gave
permission to a Kingfisher flight for an emergency landing.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 19:18

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